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we're back with john walsh and tony langley for more of the politics fix. the white house completed today this perfect execution on the confirmation of sonia sotomayor. how can this same operation that handled that so beautifully, they were told by republicans, do not try to get her confirmed that fast. we will get in the way, they said. they just steam rolled right past them and confirmed her fast.
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how can that same team be so bogged down on health care reform? >> you know, they got bogged down a little in the beginning about the issues of her speeches and the wise latina remark, lawrence, but in the end she turned out to be -- she is one person. she had a record of some speeches. she certainly had a judicial record, but she was finite. you know, you could examine everything she stood for and you could say, yes, she's qualified, or, no, she isn't and they decided she was qualified. i understand why this is harder. i just think as i said before obama now needs to step up and really define some of the issues he has left undefined because he is losing the momentum at this point. >> tony, what's your recommendation for republican house members? just stay quiet in august and let the democrats trip over themselves? >> no. i think they should be talking to members carefully, getting their message out but, largely, i think this is a democratic battle right now. the republican job is to drive useful messages. >> all right. thank you joan walsh and tony blankly. tony blankley one of the most honorable republicans i know but still can't admit the truth in this debate.
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join usa gen tomorrow night at 5:00 and 7:00 for more "hardball." "countdown" starts right now. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the republican plan to euthanize reasonable republicans? the white house praises mr. grassley for negotiating in good faith. mr. grassley promptly tells a town hall -- >> you have every right to fear. you shouldn't have counseling as to human life but 20 years before you're going to die. we should not have a government program that determines when to pull the plug on grandma. >> we don't. we never will. it isn't in the bill. is senator grassley a charleton, an idiot or did the health care
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sector simply threaten to cut off the $2.5 million he has gotten from them in contributions? senator cardin's town hall in maryland -- >> it does want to kill people like myself. i'm 73. i'm one of those throw aways we've heard so much about. okay? i want you to know i'm not afraid of dying. >> but now senator murkowski of alaska blasts sarah palin for the death panel remarks. >> there is no reason to build up fear in the american public by saying things that are not included in the bill. >> reporter: but the conservative who was allegedly beaten at a town hall. his story is unraveling as is glenn beck's advertising support. sergeanto cheese cancels,, procter and gamble, geico, progressive insurance and maybe state farm. when insurance companies stop advertising your radio and tv shows in the middle of a national debate over insurance you're in deep do do. karl rove in deep do do tied to the firing of the u.s. attorneys. the harriet meyers attorney, rove described a serious problem and said he wanted something done about it.
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>> i was not in a position to find out whether or not they were accurate. that was up to the justice department but i had an obligation to pass those on. >> you know, just like typhoid. and irony immeasurable. michele bachman tries to portray amer corps as obama's personal, secret army. guess who just signed up for americorp? her son. all that and more on "countdown." >> that is so frightening. good evening from new york. in yesterday's health care town hall president obama singled out specific republicans for praise, hailing their diligent work on health care, sensible proposals, extolling bipartisanship. two of those republicans have now responded snatching duplicity from the jaws of compromise and figuratively
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spitting in the president's face. you will recall that responding primarily to the sarah palin-betsy mccoy lie that he wants to create government death panels mr. obama yesterday identified who comes up with these lies. >> people who want to keep things the way they are will try to scare the heck out of folks and they'll create boogie men that just aren't real. >> creating boogie men not like the sincere republicans mr. obama recognized. >> i think that there are some -- my republican friends on capitol hill who are sincerely trying to figure out if they can find a health care bill that works. chuck grassley of iowa, mike enzi of wyoming, olympia snowe from maine. >> as mr. obama explained the death panel rumor started with the provision for reimbursing doctors who counsel people about their options whether they are dying or a loved one might be about living wills, about hospices, and so forth. >> the irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a
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republican then house member now senator jonny isaacson from georgia who very sensibly thought this was something that would expand people's options. >> today senator isaacson responded directly. his antisensibility news release in a moment. but first what senator grassley, top republican on the finance committee, the senate gop point man on health care, had to say today less than 24 hours after the president had singled him out for praise. named him specifically as working sincerely and diligently on health care. not like those people who want to keep things the way they are by scaring folks and creating boogie men. here is what that man had to say today. >> there is some fear because in
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the house bill there is counseling for end to life. and from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. you shouldn't have counseling at the end of life. you ought to have counseling 20 years before you're going to die. you ought to plan these things out. and, you know, i don't have any problem with things like living wills but they ought to be done within the family. we should not have a -- we should not have a government program that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma. >> sounds like his health care contributor corporations pulled the plug on senator grassley. what of senator isaacson? the very first news of his news release, u.s. senator johnny isaacson today denounced comments made by president obama regarding isaacson's alleged connection to language contained in the house health care bill on end of life counseling. where did mr. obama get the idea mr. isakson supported government coverage of end of life counseling? perhaps from isakson's interview the day before in which he said, quote, sarah palin's website had talked about the house bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized, how someone could take an end of
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life directive or living will as that is nuts. or from senate bill 466 from 2007. to provide for coverage of an end of life planning consultation, cosponsor johnny isakson. like mr. grassley he at least acknowledges the death panels are bogus and today an actual alaska republican who is serving in office went further. joining mr. obama in calling the death panel lie a lie. a lie now owned by mr. grassley as well. built up fear. >> it does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there is an end of life provision, these death panels.estly i'm so offended at that terminology because there absolutely isn't. there is no reason to build up fear in the american public by saying things that are not included in the bill. >> presumably tomorrow senator
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murkowski will be forced to retract that moment of rationality with the health care sector's campaign contribution gun pointed figuratively at her head. thanks for your time tonight, arianna. >> thank you, keith. >> what is the message to mr. obama from senators isakson and grassley today? >> the message is very clear. the message is welcome to reality, mr. president. stop pretending and stop fostering the delusion that somehow we can come all together. the republican senators, the democratic senators who are in the pay of the drug industry and the health care industry. the drug industry, the health insurance agency, and come together with a real bill that reforms the broken system. that's not going to happen. it's important for the president to realize and stop wasting time. remember, grassley is on the same committee with senator max bachus who is also a very, very compromised senator, who has
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said 350 of the people who are working at the moment against health care reform are former members of congress and chiefs of staff and other staffers and half a dozen of them are senator bachus's. so there is a whole industry here working against reform. the president needs to stop acting as though everybody's interests are aligned. >> to that end never mind how mr. obama can do this but how can mr. reed the senate democratic leader continue to keep a straight face and treat mr. grassley as a respectable player in this issue after what he said today in front of actual, living, breathing people? >> well, he should not. actually, i think senator reed should actually call for a vote of censure on senator grassley. remember, republicans do that a lot. whenever a democrat says something which doesn't make sense, which crosses a line,
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they call for a vote of censure. what about calling for a vote of censure on senator grassley? he absolutely lied about what is in the bill and he's a senator, not just a member of the fringe. he's not rush limbaugh or anne coulter or michelle malkin. he is a united states senator. there should be certain things he does not do or say. >> do we assume in both of these cases somebody got to them both in isakson's case and in grassley's and said if do you not repudiate what you seem to have said yesterday this good behavior, this societally cognizant willingness to compromise, if you don't do that we'll never contribute to you again? >> well, remember. senator grassley has received over $2 million from the drug and health insurance industry since 2003. but equally troubling, keith, is the fact that senator bachus has received $1.5 million just in the last two years so there are people who can really do everything they can and use fear to undermine reform. that's why we haven't had reform for so many years.
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>> could there be a silver lining in this, arianna? with the senator embracing supposedly the good senator among the republicans embracing the death panel nonsense could that be a tipping point in terms of freeing democrats from this nonsense waste of time, you can't talk sense to a stone, false bipartisanship they seem to be pursuing to no one's benefit? >> i sincerely hope so, keith. and there is a chance this will be the case. because they can actually draw a line in the sand and say, to have meaningful reform we need to actually have a public option. we need to be able to negotiate with the drug industry for lower prices. we need some prevention. if you are with that come onboard, if not get out of the way because as the president has said we need real health care reform. >> arianna huffington, as
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always, thanks for your time. >> thank you. >> tea baggers, birthers, deathers, those on the outer fringe are on the rise. it should come as no surprise that almost a decade after they all but faded from view antigovernment militias are also on the rise, armed with weapons, residing in training camps hate groups in this country are multiplying. as one law enforcement official puts it now all that's lacking is a spark. a new report out from the southern poverty law center shows right wing militias, idiosyncrasy logically driven tax defiers and so-called sovereign citizens are materializing in significant numbers. one federal agent noting you see people buying into what they're saying. it's primed to grow. what's priming the movement's growth? an ailing economy of course but one key difference between the militia groups in the '90s and now the face of the federal government. the enemy that almost all parts of the extreme right see as the primary threat to freedom is now black. another key factor, a changing demographic contributing to the fears on the far right about the consequences of latino immigration. hate groups are not the only problem.
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federal authorities are also focusing on those who may be contemplating politically charged assaults and acting alone. the fbi's lone wolf initiative launched to prevent single acts of hate-fueled violence like the fatal shooting of three pittsburgh police officers or the killing of a black security guard at the holocaust museum in d.c. or of course the assassination of dr. george tiller. joining us now, the director of the intelligence project for the southern poverty law center. thanks for your time tonight, sir. >> thanks for having me, keith. i appreciate it. >> these recent events i've mentioned, don't they prove we're already seeing the kind of violence happen that's sort of being predicted retroactively? >> it absolutely does. i mean, the spate of real terrorist incidents that we've seen since obama's election are quite remarkable. you know, of course this was the very kind of activity that was talked about in the infamous department of homeland security report that was so pilleried by republicans and others on the right. as it turns out of course the report was really pressing.
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it was completely accurate. >> that report mocked as you suggest by conservatives, what is going to have to happen for the right to take that sort of stuff seriously and to view this from a national security point of view as opposed to a political opportunistic point of view? >> it is hard to say, because i think that the reaction to every one of these reports, a number of law enforcement reports and now our own, has been that somehow this is an attempt to defame conservatives or people opposed to abortion or veterans and, of course, none of those things are true. you know, the reality is that, you know, we're seeing it in the town hall meetings. we're seeing it in some of the other reactions to obama, the deathers and so on as you suggested. the reality is that there is an immense amount of totally false propaganda out there and much of it is coming from the militias or similar groups. you know, it's just astounding that sort of responsible republicans and other
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politicians and commentators seem to be incapable of rejecting this. you know, so i think really there is a line between the people you see or some of the people you see at town hall meetings amongst the deathers and so on and the ideology we're seeing being reborn with the militias. >> as the story in st. louis i guess it was begins to unravel about kenneth gladney, the conservative supposed town hall protestor who claims he was beaten up and now there's videotape that shows him walking when he said he couldn't walk any further, does that actually fit into the subjects of your concern or is that a separate issue? is the false, almost martyring of people involved in this, is that part of this equation? >> well, in a sense it is. in the sense that, you know, there is just an immense amount of false propaganda out there. there are people saying things that they know are not true. you know, there's outright lying
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being done by commentators and politicians. and people in positions of real authority. so, you know, i think the battle has come down, as you well know, to a kind of calling out of these people. they've got to be shown for what they are, which is people who are unwilling to deal with reality. you know, so when somebody gets on television and says, you know, or suggests that fema is running a secret series of concentration camps around the country, that person has to be isolated and called out in the very same way that the birthers have been over the last couple of weeks. i think that really is the nexus. you know, who is to say whether that person was explicitly associated with the militia or not? i certainly don't know that. and i'm not suggesting it. but it's those kinds of ideas that make the militias thrive. >> as always, deeply appreciate it. thank you for your time, sir. >> and thank you. the fuel for this of course is more easily found, more quickly useable than ever before but so is the blowback. if you appear on reactionary media and call a president of the united states a racist advertisers will still abandon
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the research into conservative listening habits the more hate they hear the more they listen the more money limbaugh and dobbs and beck make. you can still go too far. how much trouble is glenn beck in after a seventh possibly eighth major advertiser cancels
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the website run by former bush speechwriter david from has identified why hate speech is flourishing on talk radio. it isn't president obama. in our fourth story hate speech gooses ratings but as glenn beck is learning there is also a price to pay che you get goosed. for the past couple weeks his radio and tv shows have been targeted by an online african-american group called color of change which claims 75,000 members have signed a petition asking advertisers not to enable beck's programming after he called the president a racist with a deep seeded hatred for white people. procter and gamble, progressive insurance and sc johnson said their ads weren't supposed to air on beck in the first place., we have suspended
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further advertising during mr. beck's program. as of august 4th geico no longer runs any paid advertising spots during mr. beck's program. this, after reviewing his recent incendiary comments men's warehouse has decided to remove our advertising. now after joking about poisoning speaker pelosi comes this. sergeanto the cheese company has made the decision to exclude the program from our future ad rotation. conservative talker michael medved explained to the site in this economic environment you have something of a push to be outrageous, be on the fringe because what you're desperately rating for is p 1 listeners, those who listen most often. the percentage of people on the fringe who are p 1s is quite high. leaving all puns aside, chris hayes is joining us. good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> give me your read on glenn peck's position and its relative precariousness. >> look, as you know and anyone who works in television or any corporate media knows that it's
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a business at the end of the day whether ge or murdoch and fox. you have to make money and the way to make money is by telling viewers to advertisers and the pressure brought to bear does have an effect. the question is, is this the kind of thing that's going to die down? there is this cost benefit issue you sort of highlighted in the intro which is that for every advertiser you drop, if this is the kind of thing that gets ratings, you know, there is going to be other people out there who are going to fill their spaces. i mean, sometimes the deep problem is the fact that this is something that a lot of people, unfortunately, want to watch. >> but unfortunately if your advertising base now becomes guns and ammo magazine -- >> there is lots of gold on fox. >> well, sort of categorize this for me because it would seem that there's a moral level and then as you say a cost benefit analysis level. what are the differences between
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this story and what ultimately cost don imus his tv show? is accusing a president of racism somehow not as bad as expressing racist sentiments against women college basketball players? is one worse or aren't they equivalent in some measurable way? >> you know, it is an interesting comparison. it's interesting to meditate for a second on the differences. you're right. the substance of what's being said is equally vile in both cases, not quite as explosively toxic as what beck said. the glenn beck show is really, really crazy and upsetting and offensive and vile in a lot of ways. you know, there's stuff coming out of him and of that show that i think is really over the top and crosses these sorts of lines and, you know, it is interesting to consider at what point what he says will kind of cross into that, trigger that kind of back lash and fire storm we saw with imus and so far for what ever reason with color chains excellent organizing not with standing he has managed to avoid that.
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part of that to be honest is we just have a lot of tolerance in the main stream media for people on the right saying really crazy things. michelle malkin goes on the sunday shows after writing a book called "internment of people." you can be much further on the fringe of the right and be accepted than you can be on the left. >> if you call them out on this it is dismissed as some sort of idea of rivalry as opposed to shining a spotlight on bs. but beck, limbaugh, and such, like to come back and say oh, no. the big ratings are here because we're speaking to main stream america but from's website and remarks on it would suggest something else is going on. you can generate big ratings by getting a tiny portion of the country to listen all day. what are the implications of
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this just for political discourse? what do politicians think they're hearing? >> this is incredibly important. i saw a poll recently. it said 77% of the electorate thought republicans had been too conciliatory to barack obama. this is the republican party that stone walled and rejected everything. 7% is a small number. in this nation that's 14 million people. if you got those 14 million people to do anything, watch your show, listen to your radio program, if you got a small percentage of them to show up in whatever congressional district that seems like a lot of people. so it's a big country and at the fringes there are a lot of people, even if it's a small percentage of the electorate. one thing that's so disturbing and frustrating about the discussion about health care is that fringe is being confused for the main stream in a way
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that i think is deleterious to how we are having a conversation about the big, national issues. >> at least they have a good symbol for the fringe from the main stream and glenn beck. chris hayes of "the nation" always a pleasure. >> thank you, keith. this may look odd but it testifies to an international tradition dating back to at least the 1960s -- the dancing traffic cop. and this is what ultimately happens when you traffic in lies and rumor. a rally accuses ge was selling radio modules that wound up in roadside bombs in iran. turns out ge doesn't even make the radio modules in question. oops. your older vehicle and you could qualify for an additional $3500 or $4500 cash back on a new, fuel-efficient chevy. your chevy dealer has more eligible models to choose from. more than ford, toyota or honda. now get an '09 silverado for under eighteen-three after all offers. and get it for even less if you qualify for the cash for clunkers program. go to for details. it's critical that i stick to my medication. i cannot be one ofthe 61 millios who do not refill their prescriptions on time. readyfill at cvs pharmacy automatically refills my prescriptions
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bests in a moment and steve's best secret friend is a website. first on this date in 1880 was born the first beloved superstar in american sports history
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christy matthewson. the hero pitcher of the new york giants won 373 games and died young after being accidently gassed during training for the first world war. if you'd like to see a recently uncovered image that proves he introduced so-called modern pitching a century ago it's on my baseball blog. if not, and for now, let's play "oddball." to soledad, california or thereabouts. you say tomato i say tomato. amtrak says diced. after a semi crossed its path carrying 40,000 pounds of tomatoes. nobody injured including 279 passengers but a plant manager said all the tomatoes will now have to be destroyed. what, people never heard of ketchup? in manhattan this is not the latest reality tv dance competition nor the first police officer to make a dance floor out of a busy intersection but in yesterday's humidity this was something. she says she dances to pass the time and also get driver's attention. it's easy to see how that might work but don't be surprised if
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there is a slip uptick in reckless driving including spontaneous -- ha, ha -- three-point turn. a crack in the case. harriet meyers testified karl rove ordered something done about u.s. attorney david iglasius fired by the bush administration. he joins us and is this the face of the republican party's presidential nominee for 2012? well, he won't get votes of any of the dog lovers if you know what i mean. these stories ahead. dateline cluster fox land number three best admission. you have imaginary friends. steve do'sy the fixed news offering some friendly advice to health care town forum attendees. from one of my friends, i got a lot of friends who send me stuff. this is one of those things where if you find yourself at a town hall meeting and need to ask a really hard question, would be hard for these guys and gals, ask them one of these five
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questions. the questions turned out to be identical usually word for word to a list of talking points called five questions americans should press their leaders on from the website of the heritage foundation. so steve doocy's friend is a website. his other friend is a toaster. dateline cambridge university, england. number two best snappy answer. steven hawking recipient today of the united states medal of freedom and well deserved. as we mentioned yesterday an idiot wrote an editorial suggesting health care reform might give us a version of the british nhs, national health, with people dying on waiting lists who are being denied care because of how disruptive their illnesses might be. people such as scientists stephen hawking wouldn't have a chance in the uk where the national health service would say the life of this brilliant man because of his physical handicaps is essentially worthless. apparently nobody knew dr. hawking is from the uk and has been. he responded himself to "the guardian." quote, i wouldn't be here today
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if it weren't for the nhs. i have received a large amount of high quality treatment without which i would not have survived. and dateline the web. number one best reputation of nonsense. ed morrisey. among his many job postings the army calls for internment resettlement specialists to provide custody and internment. the less intelligent end of the right wing paranoia machine, world net daily, those kind of guys, have seized on this as a variant of the glenn beck memorial fema detention camp. mr. morrisey writes, we have received an eruption of e-mail over a completely innocuous job listing from the national guard which proves a few people pay more attention to conspiracy theories than to facts. whatever and wherever guard units get deployed, some of them have to be trained in handling prisoners. it's not really a great mystery nor a conspiracy to set up camps for political dissenters. well said. now here's why it's worthy of applause though i'm not sure he'll be happy it's coming from this venue. he wrote the calm contribution at the website hot air.
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he is a conservative and here he chose the truth ahead of the temptation and political opportunity that fear and misinformation present. ♪ i know this much is true
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only looked tainted and politically motivated because it was. it is now evident karl rove was actively involved in the 2006 firings of u.s. attorneys.
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david iglasius one of nine fired for crass political reasons will join us in a moment for reaction. senior white house officials were more intimately involved than previously disclosed according to hundreds of pages of interview transcripts and documents now released by the house judiciary committee. the effort against mr. iglasius began early, june, 2005. mr. rove's political aide scott jennings wrote he should be removed because republicans in new mexico are, quote, really angry over his lack of action on voter fraud stuff. we are getting killed out there. the reference is to dubious voter fraud cases that might have helped republicans. former white house counsel harriet meyers testified in a closed session of the house judiciary committee that rove described iglasius as "a serious problem and he wanted something done". another e-mail chain from october of 2006 shows rove criticizing the fact he was not bringing a corruption prosecution in the run up to the 2006 elections that could help republican senator heather wilson in the midst of a tough re-election campaign. in an e-mail, replacements are suggested. rogers would be the dream but won't do it, quote.
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reference to pat rogers a new mexico republican activist who called voter fraud, quote, the single greatest wedge issue ever. let's bring in as promised the former u.s. attorney in new mexico david iglesius. we've merely sampled some of this evidence under oath. what do you think it demonstrates regarding your own dmils? >> well, precisely what i've been descriing for two and a half years that politics was the only reason for removing me and my colleagues. the e-mails and documents are oozing with the pus of politics. >> mr. rove still claims he had no direct involvement, no direct role. he was merely passing along complaints about you. what's your reaction to that rationale? >> completely false and provably false. after stone walling and then trying to tell half truths and untruths the overwhelming evidence beyond any doubt, not a reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt, shows his active involvement in this process. >> you said provably false. as a u.s. attorney, that's a specific set of instructions and details. tell me what you mean by -- what's in there that is provaby false. >> in terms of rove saying all along he had nothing to do with it, whereas the e-mails, the
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sworn testimony shows that he was made aware of the voter fraud issue, made aware by republican operatives in new mexico that i needed to be replaced and he wanted me replaced. that is something that a good lawyer could prove in a court of law. >> there is a federal prosecutor still investigating the firings. is there anything next to half with the justice department or is there anything further to happen with this congressional investigation? where do you see this going from
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here? >> well, the congressional investigation is over. but what's left is probably the most ominous and that is a special counsel, the united states attorney in connecticut, nora danahy is looking at potential criminal violations related to my firing and my colleagues. she has access to documents that even representative conyers did not have access to. it's going to be her call and i'm not going to second guess whether criminal laws were violated. >> anything in what you have heard from these releases from this part of the investigation that was news to you? is there anything in here that only amplified what you already knew? anything that was a surprise? >> the one surprise was that the rumblings got to washington, d.c. earlier than i thought. the first e-mails that i saw criticizing my lack of filing bogus voter fraud prosecutions started in june of 2005. so that was new.
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>> despite what has surfaced, what we know tonight, that sort of final connection of the dots if not resulting from somebody going to jail at least confirming there were dots and lines, has the process in your opinion still been half baked and allowed rove and alberto gonzalez the former attorney general and others to stone wall for too long, to decrease the relevancy of the crime? >> no. no. the process has been working. it's taken a long time because of the stone walling, because of executive privilege arguments, but i believe the fat lady has yet to sing, so i am hopeful that this matter will be ultimately wrapped up in a just way. >> all right. you've led me into it. what is the wrapping up, which way, and which is the just way? >> that would depend on the nature of the documents that nora danahy had access to that conyers did not. possible crimes would be perjury, obstruction of justice, things of that nature. but remember, she has to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and she has to avoid taints of a political
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prosecution, so i wish her god speed basically. >> yeah. and it's extraordinary, none of the people who moved against you had to worry about the taints of political prosecution. they simply did not care. the former u.s. attorney david iglesias. great thanks for your time. to the degree this was vindication, congratulations. >> thank you, sir. >> michelle bachman looks at americorp and see obama's political reeducation camp. her son looks at americorp and sees something to sign up for. billo reports an unconfirmed detail in an unconfirmed investigation about radio frequency modules in ieds. the company he said might have made those particular modules turns out not to even make those modules. when rachel joins you at the top of the hour, in this climate of paranoia and threat her special guest the most visible doctor still performing late-term abortions, dr. warren hern. ♪
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states. mother doesn't know best as michelle bachman blasts president obama's americorp and her son joins t the bronze of the worst persons in the world boss limbaugh once again interruptding his new compare everybody to hitler show to say everybody else is comparing him to hitler. you people are out calling us nazis saying we're running around with swastikas. we get tarred and feathered because we don't just bend over, grab the ankles and let you guys ram whatever down our throats you want. we always knew mr. limbaugh had problems with reality and logic but this misunderstanding of anatomy is news. the runner-up? lou dobbs and the self-destruction tour. former dnc chairman howard dean, he said, was guilty of advancing liberal facism. then dobbs added i thought we had gotten rid of this left wing pest. he's a blood sucking leftist. i mean, you got to put a stake through his heart to stop this guy. he then issued one of those apologies in which he denies the murderous imagery was his responsibility. i'm sorry if a bram stoker illusion is too literary for some and for those who could not make what was seemingly an obvious connection my deepest apologies and i gladly withdraw the latter part of my remark. >> howard dean's broeg jim chairman of the americans for democracy activist group issued a statement calling on his radio syndicator and cnn to fire lou dobbs. and tonight's worst, bill
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o'reilly who stepped in it this time. after trying to blackmail people for two months with some story about the involvement of the parent company of this network, ge, in roadside bombs, ieds found in iraq, billo made one gigantic mistake. he said last night, sources tell the factor there's a federal investigation under way to find out if any american company has sold components for roadside bombs to nefarious people. in may, 2008, and again in october of '08 coalition forces discovered unexploded roadside bombs in iraq and handed them over to the fbi bureau in baghdad. the fbi then discovered that radio frequency modules inside the bombs were part of a shipment made by a u.s. company to a business in singapore with direct ties to iran. now, the fbi will not comment. the factor has been told but cannot confirm that the general electric corporation is under suspicion in the case. so you've got an unconfirmed report of an unconfirmed investigation and you've got an
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unconfirmed report that ge is under suspicion in your unconfirmed report of your unconfirmed investigation. do you have any facts at all? well, there is a company called corzine and there are parts called radio frequency modules. however, a ge spokesman told the associated press today that it has never done any business with that company and according to the spokesman ge also does not happen to make the kind of radio frequency modules described by o'reilly. so he confirmed no facts about any investigation, no facts about ge being investigated, he got the elemental details about whether ge ever dealt with corazine wrong and didn't bother to check whether the components at issue were made by ge which they are not. he smeared a company he previously threatened with public blackmail. talk all you want about feuds and cease fires or childishness but if i or any actual reporter like me had gotten as much wrong
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it's a parent-child relationship plot twist equaled only in cinema when darth vader informed luke skywalker that he, luke's arch enemy, was actually his father. in the number one story we've learned conservative congresswoman michelle bachman's son has chosen what she might consider and might as well have called the dark side. you may recall the congresswoman's unique view of president obama's expansion of the americorp program which she shared on a minnesota radio program earlier this year. in reality americorp is a federal program that pays young people to restore parks, tutor children, help communities struck by natural disasters but in the mind of michelle bachman if any the obama expansion of americorp was the latest in a slippery slope leading to communist prison camps. >> paying people to do work on behalf of government and the
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real concern is that there are provisions for what i would call re-education camps for young people where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go and work in some of these politically correct forums. as a parent i would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this. >> guess who signed up as a teacher in americorp? harrison bachman, son of michelle bachman. >> no! no! >> the minneapolis star tribune reports the congresswoman's adult son was hired earlier this year as a teach inner the americorp teach for america program. according to the columnist the last application date to get into teach for america was in february. that would be before the congresswoman's antiamericorp rant meaning zhee not know about
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her son's communist adventure when she made her comments or was in the process of re-re-educating himg at that point. let's turn to christian finnegan comedian and commentator at large. welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> is this a betrayal and if so is there another parallel? >> i don't think it says this kid gets to go to reeducation camp when it is obvious michelle bachman never got the opportunity to go to any sort of education camp. >> but parents want their kids to do better than they did. here is a perfect ex-am plnchts you're right. it is the american dream. if you're looking for a parallel let's pretend that you're say sammy hager which is something i know you like to do on occasion. >> every halloween. >> so you're the red rocker and over the years you've made it clear you simply can't drive 55. then you find out your son, your own flesh and blood has joined the highway safety commission. that is the sort of betrayal, keith, we're talking about. >> you know she does not think this way but in the rem of secrets children keep from their parents this is pretty tame. it's not like he was on drugs or
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was involved in the disappearance of a drifter, right? >> yet. yet. >> oh, yeah. >> everybody knows, keith. americorp is a gateway organization. sure maybe it starts with cleaning up debris after a hurricane or some light tutoring but how long before we have roving gangs of civic thugs holding up signs that say, will organize youth soccer league for food? >> well, now, you know, you brought up light tutoring and that leads me directly into the conscience of america in a brown paper bag at all times, former senator rick san form who has revealed he is heading to iowa in october presumably to kick the tires on a run for the presidency. is the country finally ready for a president who has publicly equated homosexuality with man on dog sex? >> god, would i love to spend ten minutes inside the political echo chamber that allows someone like rick santorum to think he

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